Remote Interview Production with AJA U-TAP solutions

The U-TAP 3G-SDI USB 3.0 (USB 3.2, Gen 1) and U-TAP HDMI USB 3.0 (USB 3.2, Gen 1) capture devices bring professional connectivity and high-quality video capture to the laptop or workstation. U-TAP SDI and U-TAP HDMI are bus-powered with the ability to simply and easily bring in video across 3G-SDI or HDMI for use within a wide range of software without any drivers to install, as it’s supported directly in macOS 11, Windows, and Linux.


Simultaneously, the events of 2020 have driven up demand for interviews with subject experts, often in locations where broadcasters do not have a bureau or reporter presence. Given these circumstances, Seattle area freelance lighting cameraman, and Full Nelson Video, Inc. owner, Geoff Nelson, has seen demand for high-quality remote interview projects increase dramatically. To produce high-quality live interviews with remote subjects for incorporation into major news broadcasts on networks like CBS, CNBC, Warner Media, and NBC, Nelson has established a plug-and-play workflow built on technology that he can easily fit into a small production case, including an AJA U-TAP SDI video capture device.

In addition to his usual complement of lighting and grip gear, Nelson harnesses a small stand, MacBook, and U-TAP SDI. Using the U-TAP SDI, he can capture the camera feed with better focus, framing, and lighting controls than what the computer camera can offer. Nelson sends his HD images into the laptop over USB 3.0, which are then incorporated into a Zoom feed for the director to review as the interview occurs in real-time. With a switcher, he can send multiple camera angles through the U-TAP. “The setup is ideal because it’s so quick to get up and running,” he explained. “And everyone involved in the production, regardless of their location can get the camera lens view of the interview by watching the live feed. There’s no guessing about how the finished image will look.”


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Short background: Since 1993, AJA Video Systems, Inc. has been a manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions, and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video, and post-production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world.